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29/11/2013

Amokura - Amokura Day 6

Dolphins, and Downpours, and Lightening oh my.   The last 2 days have a rollercoaster.   Yesterday, we slowly worked our way out of the dead zones and got 14-20knots of wind to continue on course. In the distance a rainbow. And, at the end of the day, we caught a 10 lb tuna. And had about a 1/2hour visit with a pod of dolphins off the bow. Tried to get the go-pro on a hook under the water. Still awaitingresults.   Today, constant rain, shifting winds, recalibrations and course correctionsand sail configurations. Just constant overcast, grey and dull. Then one remembers that we are crossing the Atlantic. And the rain doeshelp wash the boat.   No wind.A holding pattern. Then we sail once again. Hunting for trade winds.   Wail. Dolphins just swam by the window.. read more...


29/11/2013

Golondrina - Man pitted against the beast

Mark and 'Rattie' Davis thought it would be a brilliant idea to go fishing in the Atlantic Ocean – ‘Man pitted against the beast’ – surely there could only to be one winner?  The tackle and lures were chosen with meticulous attention to detail.  What our two hunter/killers didn't really discuss was what to do when 2 rather angry Dorados weighing in at some 2 kilos each, came on board whilst they’d rather be back in the sea!  ‘The night of the flailing winch handle'  - soon to be made into a horror film - saw scales, blood and assorted fish body parts flying  in all directions until calm eventually ensured.  How Mark, Stu and Owain didn't manage to stab each other is anyone's guess.  Dave's contribution to the melee was to light the stove and slice a. read more...


29/11/2013

Selivra - ARC Tag 5

2013-11-29, 1500Am Vorabend sind wir noch eine Zeit lang mit dem kleineren Wingakergefahren.Sehr Stimmungsvoll im Abendlicht. Die Nacht durch mit Genua. In denMorgenstunden haben wir die Genua ausgebaumt und das Groß mit Bullenstandergesetzt. Manchmal spinnt das GPS, dann laufen wir 11 knts ;)Ich bitte jetzt um Mithilfe; Wir haben zwei Fische gefangen. Einer hat einedurchsichtige Kappe und lange gelbliche Strähnen. Der Andere hat dreiSchlitzaugen . Und hier meine Fragen: Ist der Erste, der berühmtePastafisch? Sollten Fische auch bei Tag leuchten, oder haben wir unsverfahren?Viele Grüße, Euer v.M.HausenP.S. Der Pastafisch hat mich gebissen ;)P.S.S. Keine Angst zu Hause: auch der Körperpflege der Crew wird gehuldigt.Wer kann schon im November im Atlantik baden gehen :-)DSC00164_1. read more...


Selivra - ARC Tag 5
Selivra - ARC Tag 5
29/11/2013

Swan Valhalla - Log 9 - a birthday catch!

After our swim last night everyone was ready for a drinkand some delicious Foccacia and Jamon nibbles. Following this Yoyo cooked asterling three course meal of gazpacho, chicken and lamb koftas with quinoa andbaked apples for pudding. The cooking standard is getting higher by the day!   We kept motoring until about 10pm when the wind began topick up. Victoria, Sam and I did the shift from 10 until 1am and saw someamazing dolphins swimming in the phosphorescence - very difficult todescribe such a spectacle! They stayed near the boat for a long time,ducking and diving and hunting their supper!    At midnight Nick came on shift, and we sung him a happybirthday - he had a very enjoyable early morning birthday sail and saw yet moredolphins. The wind continued at. read more...


29/11/2013

Nyaminyami II - Nyaminyami II Blog Friday 29.11.13 1200hrs

By Chris Haworth. Blog subject today: The size of your ‘backside’, Weddings, Memory, Those that went before! After a beautiful day yesterday Jane served up Rum punch sundowners at 1830  breeze arrived on queue early evening, had a leisurely Crew dinner, fried chicken strips in breadcrumbs (have we reached Kentucky?), with freshly made ratatouille, fresh vegetables potatoes, followed by hand whisked chocolate mousse and cream – another proposal declined! Breeze slowly strengthened through the night – we have now had 12 hours of SE’s with a 2 hour spell of 25/30 knts power reaching ...Fra where is the code zero stowed? 0600 Couple of reefs expertly executed by our skipper (fresh from his bed) in his briefs, Nyaminyami didn’t lose a knot of boat speed and he didn’t even get. read more...


29/11/2013

Starla - Log Day 5 - Cold Porride but for a Good Reason

Hello Everyone,Distance logged today - 64 nautical miles. Distance to date this trip - 519 nautical miles.The poorest distance covered, to date. The wind was very light, and we were totally becalmed between 2100 last night and 0300, this morning. A little breeze came, and we then managed a poor boat speed of 2 to 3 knots.Still battling on.I came on watch a 0200 and was leaning over looking at the instruments, when something brushed passed my face, and landed on the cockpit floor. A bit of a surprise. It turned out to be a small sea bird, that was very tired and distressed. The bird was brown and had a fan shaped tail, that had a white, V, from the middle of the back to the top of the fan tail. It also had webbed feet. I tried to give it some water, but it was not interested. It went. read more...


29/11/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - Log day 6 - Pootling south...

HappyBirthday Samuel!!... Samuel is my adorable nephew who is 9 years old today sothis blog is dedicated to him. Hopefully the rest of you lovely readers willenjoy it too!   After a long day of tactical motoring south we were finally rewarded withthe wind picking up during the night. Skipper Matt’s long hours of weatherexamination have truly paid off with reports of some boats likely to hit stormsup north, many giving up for now and heading into the Cape Verde islands &others wallowing down south.   I don’t think we have explained our watch system to you folks at home sohere goes... we have 2 watches, imaginatively named ‘heads’ & ‘tails’ (guesshow we figured who was doing the first watch!!) During the day the watches runfor 4 hours – 8am to 12noon, 12 to 4pm and 4 to. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - Log day 6 - Pootling south...
Great Escape of Southampton - Log day 6 - Pootling south...
29/11/2013

Manihi - Un temps de chio.... mais vendredi, jour du poisson !

19:27.60N 24:30.40W   9:30 Heure locale Il pleut. Une petite pluie fine et un plafond bas. C'est comme en Bretagneun jour où il ne fait pas beau. Mais heureusement il y a des jours où il faitbeau en Bretagne ! Donc, il pleut. Mais les vents sont avec nous. Toute la nuitnous avons filé à 7-8 Nds au SW (c'est là où nous voulons aller) ; et ce matin,ça continue et devrait se poursuivre toute la journée.   Pas possible de bronzer sur le pont. Journée bricolage et activitésdiverses en perspectives. Deux tâches de circonstance aujourd'hui : les deuxchio..., toilettes, demandent une intervention. A l'avant, ça n'évacue plus, età l'arrière le piston de la pompe couine (très) désagréablement. Pascal etBertrand sont en train d'y remédier. Bernard s'est mis à faire des épissures surdes. read more...


29/11/2013

Miciadue - Heute ist alles dabei - von Flaute bis 6,5 Bft

Die Nacht war ruhiges Segeln angesagt.Teilweise fast Flaute. Es war bedeckt und daher stockdunkel. Der Horizonz war gerade noch erkennbar. Eindrucksvolles Plantonleuchten konnten wir im bewgeten Wasser seitlich und im Kielwasser des Bootes beobachten. Gegen frühen Morgen setzte Regen ein, der fast bis mittgas anhielt. Wir haben die Gelegenheit genutzt, einige Liter Regenwasser zu sammeln, um unsere Wasserreserven ein wenig aufzustocken. Mehrere Delfine gesichtet. Bis über 6 Bft frischte es gegen Mittag auf. Großsegel und Vorsegeln mussten gerefft werden. Wir laufen seitdem mit ca. 6 bis 7 kn auf Kurs 240°. Anfang der Woche hoffen wir auf den Passatwindgürtel zu stoßen. Die Fehlersuche an der defekten Lichtmaschine haben wir aufgrund des Seegangs erstmal verschoben.. read more...


Manihi - Un temps de chio.... mais vendredi, jour du poisson !
Manihi - Un temps de chio.... mais vendredi, jour du poisson !
29/11/2013

Freebooter - Day 6 - Friday 29th

Whilst eating supper on Wed evening at sunset, we were treated to a real show. A shoal of large fish, each about 1 metre long, came close and were leaping out of the water. Some just crashed down on their backs, whilst others arced up to about 2 metres clear of the surface. We are not sure what species they were, but suspect something like tuna, because of their dark upper bodies, light lowers and very pointed tails.The first fish was also landed that night, not as a result of Annemarie's skills with rod and line, but of its own accord. The flying fish was just laid out by the toerail at the stern in the morning. Anyway, that was enough encouragement for her to try out her new magic lures as we trolled along under engine, and soon after we had dorado for supper!Last night was a stunning. read more...


Freebooter - Day 6 - Friday 29th
Freebooter - Day 6 - Friday 29th
29/11/2013

Aurora - Catamaran Aurora Update

Bad news for Aurora this morning, having successfully navigated then storms overnight the main halyard snapped and and on the way down the main sail tore! (The halyard had been replaced only 6 months ago). The main halyard was replaced successfully withina couple of hours but the torn sail will handicap progress. Prior to this the crew were convinced they could maintain their leading position in the Multihull class but will now need to nurse Aurora into St Lucia. On a positive note the crew are looking forwardto down wind sailing when the main will not be as critical. Replacing Main Halyard 2 Halyard replacement. read more...


29/11/2013

Rosa Fascia - 760 miles to go ...

We finally started moving under sail again after sitting in a calm area, where we finally resorted to a few hours motoring. Good night sail with 7 knots of boat speed. Currently creeping along at 4.5 knots in 9 knots of  wind. The forecast shows sailing winds all the way into St Lucia albeit slow !!!We are however enjoying the sunshine and are all having a great time. Amanda is excellingherself with some great food. We now have wi -fi on board and I've been going through 500 + Emails.Current position N 15 48 .518 W 47 55 949. read more...


Aurora - Catamaran Aurora Update
Aurora - Catamaran Aurora Update
Aurora - Catamaran Aurora Update
Aurora - Catamaran Aurora Update
29/11/2013

Firefly - On the beat

The team are not pleased,we all signed up to downwind sailing and sunshine. Since our last log the wind has increased significantly (hitting 34 knots last night) but its coming from the South West, so we are close hauled and to make it worse it has been raining since last night. We can get this stuff any time in the English Channel so not worth sailing 2500 miles for (that's how far we are away from Salcombe). Its all damp and grey and we are reminiscing about similar days in the Celtic Sea! Sailing can be cruel. We hope our war with the unexpected low pressure system will be over by the end of the weekend when the Easterly trade winds take over. On weather many thanks to Susie, Jane, Meredith and Graham for all their work helping us work out the whole picture-nothing like good. read more...


29/11/2013

Surya - stuurboord brood

Vandaag mijn eerste brood gebakken. We zeilden op dat moment over stuurboord zoals je kunt zien.Het was eigenlijk niet nodig om brood te bakken volgens de koks want er was nog brood in de diepvries.Toen we deze middag een kop soep kregen: "vind je het goed als we daar een sneetje van dat brood bij nemen?"Weg brood dus! Morgen bak ik wel weer een ander als we achterlijke wind hebben.We zitten nog 75 Nm van Kaap Verdische eilanden groep. Gewoon steile bergen op de zee bodem waarvan het topje (toevallig) boven water steekt. Er zijn veel van die "Sea Montains" die de oppervlakte net niet halen. Overal rondom is de zee ruim 3 kilometer diep. Het is twijfelachtig of we ze nog voor donker zullen zien want de lucht is erg vochtig. Het zal wel rond middernacht zijn als we ze passeren. Straks. read more...


Surya - stuurboord brood
Surya - stuurboord brood
29/11/2013

Fanny Fisher - Living it up on the high seas.

So we blog from the Fanny Fisher Resort with her 360* surround swimmingpool which has been thoroughly enjoyed between reading books and pamperingourselves .Oh and we had a puff of wind this afternoon, just enough to remindourselves why we are here. The highlight of the days are the SMS's which pour.. in overnight and keepus amused. Thanks everyone.. read more...


São Francisco 4 - 28-11-2013 | Cachalote e o barco "Liberte" ao fundo / Sperm whale and the yacht "Liberte" behind
São Francisco 4 - 28-11-2013 | Cachalote e o barco
29/11/2013

Mustique - SY Mustique blog Fri 29th Nov

Today I thought I would give you a few trivial insights into life at sea for the 4 adventurers we have on board this Moody 66.We have Stefan from Montenegro, a 27 year old who has only been sailing for 2 years but is about to take his yacht master. One thing that might countagainst him during his yacht master exam is that he is hopelessly addicted to HP Brown Sauce. He pours the stuff all over literally everything and anything. The other day I caught him with his head flung back and his mouth wide open, joyously squeezing HP Sauce down his throat while he thought no one was looking. He had the crazed look of a man on the edge.They don't sell HP Brown Sauce in Stefan's country. Probably a good thing. Then we have skipper Fin. He is your typical owner/skipper in that he never bloody sits. read more...


São Francisco 4 - 28-11-2013 | 4 dourados curiosos entre a tartaruga e o catamaran / 4 curious dourados between the turtle and the catamaran
São Francisco 4 - 28-11-2013 | 4 dourados curiosos entre a tartaruga e o catamaran / 4 curious dourados between the turtle and the catamaran
São Francisco 4 - 28-11-2013 | Banhoca com uma tartaruga simpática / Swimming with a friendly turtle
São Francisco 4 - 28-11-2013 | Banhoca com uma tartaruga simpática / Swimming with a friendly turtle
Mustique - SY Mustique blog Fri 29th Nov
Mustique - SY Mustique blog Fri 29th Nov
29/11/2013

Incisor - Incisor daily Blog 29.11.2013

Hi everybody, Here we go with the update from the Incisor. First of all everybody is alive and kicking. Yesterday we had practically no wind and everybody was trying to do his best to keep the boat moving. Therefore we enjoyed a sunny day. The ocean has been so flat, it was like the lake of Constance (Bodensee). You cannot imaging that when you think of the ocean. First we got the message that Derek and Sandra are grandparents again. Derek’s daughter got a new born baby girl. It is amazing nowadays you’re in the middle of the ocean and due to modern technology you are able to get pictures from the UK by satellite. As food is one of the main topics on board, we just like to inform you that we had an amazing coleslaw made by Rich (we cannot wait for the next time) that was. read more...


29/11/2013

Sunrise - 6.Tag - 29.11.13 - Bärte wachsen und die Tage verwischen

Gestern erhalten wir gerade so beim Einnachten etwas Wind aus Süden. Immer noch kein Passat, aber wir nehmen alles, was uns weiter bringt. Zuerst nur ganz sachte -knappe 5 Knoten, doch schon bald werden wir schneller als unter Motor und im Laufe der Nacht werden es auch mal 8-9 Knoten. Ebenfalls beim Einnachten erreicht uns ein warmer Wind. So ist es trotz trübem Wetter zum ersten Mal möglich nachts auch ohne Ölzeug Wache zu gehen. Das ist ein erhebendes Gefühl.Auch am frühen Morgen hält der Wind noch an. Über Nacht sind wir gut vorwärts gekommen. Kaum wird es hell, flaut der Wind ab. Es erfordert jetzt viel Geschick, die Segel nicht einfallen zu lassen. Aber wir machen immer noch um die 4 Knoten und wollen mit dem Diesel sorgfältig umgehen. Wir entdeckten gestern, dass die Ocean. read more...


29/11/2013

Lancelot II - Day 5 - Eat, Sleep, Sail, Repeat...

Eat, Sleep, Sail, Repeat... had been the routine for the first few days.Yesterday, however, saw a little rest in proceedings as the wind disappeared andwe sat in full sunshine for most of the day at around 0.0 knots. Skipper Jackocooked up a very welcome full English breakfast and we relaxed in the sun beforecapitalising on the conditions and deciding to go for that legendary ‘swim inthe middle of the Atlantic’ with nothing but two and a half miles of crystalblue water below us. To make things even better we were joined by a pilot whale/ very large dolphin which slowly circled just in front of the boat a few timesas if trying to say something before diving vertically down and finally out ofsight. Once the wind returned we had the opportunity to try out Jacko’s repairjob on a spinnaker. read more...


29/11/2013

Ula - Day 5 - 28th November

Awoke to a flat calm ocean. Would not have been surprised to see Ranworth Church tower in the distance as we moored for a lunchtime pint at a Norfolk Broadland pub.Chief Engineer has turned his nimble fingers to gardening. A few pots of compost and seeds promise fresh salad leaves for the latter stages of our voyage. (Will make a pleasant accompaniment to the inevitable cucumber sandwiches!)For the first time the cabins are feeling warm and stuffy, according to the log display the water temperature is over 25 degrees C. (seems unlikely but nobody volunteering to take a swim to test it).Sat phone conversations with shore based crew (wives, girlfriends and offices). Downloading the fleet map from Yellow Brick results in a celebratory bottle of wine as we realise we are well ahead of the. read more...


29/11/2013

Ula - The Watermaker

I am a watermaker.  And I am sad.  Lately I have become a problem to my man-user.  I have become a saga, and I fear that this time will soon be referred to as Water'maker' Gate.  You see, though I was working fine, and although I had never missed a beat, I had a few ailments.  Sure I leaked here and there, and I bounced around a bit on my aching joints. But I am no spring chicken. No, I may not have the automatic-fresh-flush-system, and no, I may not have the remote-start-panel like todays youngsters, but I am simple, and robust, tried and tested, and dependable.Nonetheless, Skip broke the golden rule.  Don't fix it if it ain't bust!  He sent a strange man-doctor to visit me.  To my surprise he told skip that I had become lethargic, and wasn't. read more...


29/11/2013

Avel Biz - Avel Biz J+5 Préparation

Bonjour29 novembre 2013Position à 12h00 UTC24°00,5 N25°25,9 W110 milles en 24hPréparationLes fichiers météo nous annoncent une dépression qui se forme devant nous et les organisateurs de l'ARC Control nous demandent d'être en dessous du 22°30 nord le 2 décembre. Nous nous sommes créé une marque de parcours fictive de sécurité par 22°30N et 32°W. Nous continuons donc à descendre progressivement vers le sud en restant sur la route directe et en nous demandant ce qui va nous tomber dessus.Par quelques espions nous avons une vague idée du reste de la flotte de l'ARC mais en pratique nous sommes seuls sur le plan d'eau.Hier grande journée de calme sur une mer d'huile. Nous en avons profité pour nous baigner et inspecter la coque. La carène du Pogo 30 est vraiment super.Nous avons aussi trié. read more...


29/11/2013

George - Has the butter melted yet....

NO!It hasn't.We thought it was melting as we sailed further south but it turns out that one of our crew's Spanish is a bit rusty and the butter turns out to be margarine!it melts at a far lower temperature as we all know and it could have meant us turning west far too early.It's the little things that matter you see.Fortunately we are using other navigational aids in addition to dairy products....Meanwhile we continue to sail in good winds at 225 degs to our chosen way-point for today, level with the Cape Verdes. The grib files are not showing any sign of any trade winds due so we may just decide to turn right in any case and deal with the head winds if and when we reach them.We have two days to decide.Our first flying fish landed on the boat this morning with a rather startled look on. read more...


29/11/2013

Keoma - Keoma day 6

Caught a big fish (mahi mahi) but it wriggled so much, Tyrone dropped it,after an epic wrestle, oh well at least we kept the lure this time – we’ll beready for the next one! Quiet weather wise, but sticking to our southerlytactics to avoid falling into a large no wind hole. Seem as though  manyare heading for the Verdes to re fuel, we will hopefully reach steady windsbefore this becomes necessary. It was looking dire for milk for a while, till wediscovered a bonus 20 litres under a bunk.... whew, saved from walking the plank. Starting to receive a few emails from home – really lovely to get these,especially the rugby results! Trace  . read more...


29/11/2013

El Ocaso - El Ocaso Daily Log 6

Lunch Menu - Freshly caught Mahi Mahi!!Dinner Menu - Chicken tikkaGeneral Blog  29/11Crew Member Name: BenjaminAge: 32Born and raised in Berlin, Germany.Started sailing at the age of 13 on the rivers and lakes in Berlin, then went on to do the RYA Day Skipper and began chartering in the med for vacation. After having spent the last 4 years in the deserts of the arabian peninsula, with little to no possibility to persue his hobby of sailing, he decided that crossing the Atlantic Ocean would be just the right antidote. Days 5-6After a calm, clear night, which displayed a magnificent view of stars and the night sky, the day started with a no less impressive red sun slowly climbing above the horizon. El Ocaso and children were greeted by dolphins which accompanied the boat for. read more...


29/11/2013

Edelweiss - Day #6: Squid in a Bottle!

Hello from the overcast & drizzly Atlantic, where we consider this not rain per se but an excuse to rinse our salty foul weather gear!We do try to emphasize the positive here on Edelweiss....We have continued coasting along in relatively light winds and are making fine progress.This morning brought two bits of excitement: firstly, Stuart found 3 little squid on our deck, which must have washed aboard with a wave or two last night.He promptly put them in a little bottle with some salt water and announced, "Bait, boys."Lyell & Mason are now mulling over getting out the fishing lines and trying their luck. Rest assured that if we catch anything, you'll be the first to know!Meanwhile, the seat in the cockpit near where the squid are resting was promptly nicknamed "Squid Watch."It's. read more...


29/11/2013

Annabella - LOG 4 Friday 29th

Position: 21 13.43N 22 24.12WTime: 1200Distance covered since 1300 yesterday: 132NMFinally got confirmation that the blog is reaching its target audience, phew!Progress since yesterday has been surprisingly good despite having spent most of the day making at less than 2 knots. The wind picked up during the night and it is currently 13-15 knots on the beam resulting in 7.5-8 knots boat speed in the desired direction. The forecast for the next 24 hours suggests that we will have good wind and perhaps up to 25 knots from the south. Sunday may be light again, but by then we will be on or about 20 degrees latitude when we hopefully can make progress directly to the west. Not much sign of the famous trade winds, but should they arrive we will be in position to take full advantage.At. read more...


29/11/2013

Dragonfly - Sch..... Nacht

Kaum habe ich den letzten Text versendet, da frischt der Wind auf. Super, denk ich, 25 kn und wir können direkten Kurs laufen.Groß und Genua stehen super und wir schaffen bis 9 kn. Hajo übernimmt gegen Mitternacht meine Wache und ichschlafe beruhigt ein. Leichte Lage, kein Schlagen, kein Motor, das wir eine ruhige Nacht. Eine Stunde später wache ich auf: Segel schlagen, Winschen werden betätigt, Getrampel an Deck. Ich stehe schnell auf und nur mit der Schlafanzugshose helfe ich bei 35 kn Wind und heftigem, waagerechtem Regen die Segel zu reffen. Volker (nur in Schlafanzugshose) und Hajo sind klatschnass, ich bin es in Millisekunden. Wir reffen das Gross um 2/3 und die Genua um 1/3. Etwas später nehmen wir das Groß ganz weg. Ich ziehe mich an und schicke die anderen in die Koje. Hier muss. read more...


Abraxas - A Fishy Tale Photo
Abraxas - A Fishy Tale Photo
29/11/2013

Hera - Auf der Suche nach dem Passat

Seit gestern Abend sind wir bei Südwest wieder unter Segeln auf Kurs. Dadie Anzahl unserer Motorstunden doch sehr überschaubar war, sind wir auf einenTankstopp nicht angewiesen. Wir hoffen nun, westlich der Kapverden auf denPassat zu stoßen, auch wenn auf unseren Wetterkarten davon bisher weit und breitnichts zu sehen ist.  Nordwestlich der Kapverden muß sogar mit Westwindgerechnet werden. Jede Kursentscheidung ist augenblicklich einVabanque-Spiel. Nach einer hackigen Nacht hoch am Wind liegen die Freiwachen alle ziemlicherledigt im Salon herum. Draussen sieht es grau und regnerisch aus. Aber wirsegeln in die richtige Richtung! Eine Menükarte gibt es heute nicht. Der Skipper hat sich ein schlichtesaber ordentliches Bauernfrühstück gewünscht.   Stefan. read more...


29/11/2013

Arkouda - Day 5 --Motorboat Motorboat...

3:00 AM on Friday MorningThis is absolutely the blackest night I have ever spent on the ocean, or anywhere for that matter.  There is absolutely no delineation of the horizon, no stars, no moon.  Besides our navigation lights the only thing I can see is an occasional splash of a white wave as Arkouda disturbs the water as she passes through.  It is a little eerie, and leaves me with a rather vague sense of loss.  It's not so much that without our compass I would not be able tell our direction, i(which is absolutely true!) ts more of a feeling that the world is somehow muted, cloaked in cotton.  Its a bit like being in a heavy snowstorm without wind-- you are unable to tell your direction and everything is hushed.  I can still hear the swish of water as it. read more...


29/11/2013

Duplicat - Day 6 -Where's the sun?

First of all day 5 was a flat calm, warm day and because of the calm seas we saw so much wildlife.Pods of dolphins, groups of humpback whales at close quarters, pilot whales and two turtles who were drifting on the surface very close to the boat.The smooth seas provided an opportunity for some housekeeping (boatkeeping) including washing down, baking, cooking and generally relaxing. The disadvantage of all this was a day's motoring, the consequence of which leaves us with a dilemma.Bad weather is forecast to form out to our west which we had anticipated and altered course towards Cape Verdes - we now have to decide whether to stop for fuel for the remainder of the journey which may delay us further as we may arrive over this weekend.Or carry on with what we have hoping that the trade. read more...


29/11/2013

Abraxas - 27/11/13 A FishyTale

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29/11/2013

Free Spirit - Thursday 28th November

I think we must be in the doldrums.  Although spirits are high, the sea isdead calm and there is no wind.  Wemotor all day in a hazy existence. The fishing lines are put out and then theCaptain orders bacon and eggs, just in case we don’t catch a fish any timesoon.  A turtle pops up to say aquick hello and the dolphins drop by and then ……we see three whales!  They are some way off the boat but thesplash they make is spectacular. At the end of the day the wind picks up a little and so with fullsails and a calm sea we manage first 4 knots out of 8 knots of wind, building to7 out of 10.  Through the night thewind gets stronger and stronger and the boat goes faster and faster (SOG 9kts!)  We must be flying!  Could these be the tradewinds?. read more...


29/11/2013

XAR - Femte dygnet med XAR på Atlanten, "vinden har kommit tillbaka"

Senaste dygnet, det femte avverkade vi 158 NM, ger en total seglad sträcka om 748 NM. Kvar till St Lucia är 2 110 NM.Stiltjen höll i sig till efter lunchen, torsdags lunchen serverades av Rolf och Mats och blev en god tonfisksallad. Med värme och sol kunde vi sätta stora spinnakern i 0,5 m/s och kunde komplettera medströmmens 1 knop med 0,5 knop båtfart. Tyvärr så tog det ytterligare 2 h innan vinden fyllde på och då kom den från ostsydost. Byte till lila gennaker och flera timmar med 2-4 knop väntade oss. För ovanlighetens skull så hade vi sällskap av 2 båtar under eftermiddagen, vi lyckades inte identifiera dom dock. Ingen av dem hade aktiv AIS sändning. Vi har sällskap av en hel del delfiner både natt och dag. Fantastiska hopp som de kan göra. På avstånd tror vi att vi siktat några. read more...


29/11/2013

Hanami II - Le passage de la ligne, mais, laquelle?

Samedi 29 Novembre 201310:46 UTC15 10 N - 44 24 WEt bien depuiis 2 jours le vent nous a globalement abandonne et donc lachement laisse tomber.La moyenne s'en ressant et le niveau de la cuve a gasoil aussi mais cela, ca se gere.Pas de vent et des grains la nuit. On devait s'y attendre car fin novembre c'est encore tot en saison et les alizes restent un peu faibles, surtout si, comme c'est le cas, une depression un peu basse sur l'Atlantique les contrecare.Mais tout cela n'est pas grave car a defaut de zephyr nous avons le moral et aussi, chose rare depuis le depart, du POISSON.Nous en sommes au second tazard et la dorade coryphene qui s'est echappee nous laisse penser que nous allons en attraper d'autres. Marie pourra alors tester et nous faire decouvrir les recettes polynesiennes et. read more...


29/11/2013

True Colours - A tale of two fishes

After a relaxing dinner the wind increased to 7 Kn, so time to kill theengine and see how we could progress under sail. Our motoring speed had beenabout 5.5 Kn (fuel conservation), and on the broad needed to get to our nextwaypoint we could just about match that.   Time to download more grib files – horror – on our course we are runningdirectly to a forecast storm with winds approaching 30 Kn on the nose.  Andthen where we planned to turn to go west, instead of trades helping us, it isshowing light winds on the nose.  What has happened to the weatherpatterns!  So a quick change of course to port to miss the projected storm,and we found ourselves doing 8 knots heading towards the Cape VerdeIslands.  We were able to maintain this speed through the night,. read more...


Starblazer - Starblazer's First Fish of 2013 29 November Joyce's 3.2kg Mahi Mahi
Starblazer - Starblazer's First Fish of 2013  29 November  Joyce's 3.2kg Mahi Mahi
28/11/2013

Ocean Venture - Fwd: Day 5 - shark pic

Our new friend we spent the day with20131128_162914. read more...